Chantilly, VA asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia

Q: Should I entertain rent relief program request from tenant even after having eviction judgment? She refused RRP earlier.

I have got the eviction and unpaid rent judgments against the tenant from the honorable general district court. After getting the judgment, the tenant contacted me if I would go for Rent Relief Program now ? She had refused for the same when I gave her the 14 days notice.

The lease expires on 10-31-2021 and I don't want to extend it. What should be my approach to safeguard myself against any claims from the tenant in the circuit court if she challenges the judgment at Circuit court.

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1 Lawyer Answer
F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Alexandria, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: Generally, when a tenant who has not paid the rent on a timely basis and now there is a judgment for possession and damages, the tenant's back is against the wall and will do anything to stay in the premises. Landlords who agree to such an offer are only looking for more trouble with the same tenant who doesn't pay the rent on a timely basis.

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